VOA Launches News on Arabsat for Ethiopia

VOA Launches News on Arabsat for EthiopiaWashington, D.C., 29 Apr. 2010 — Voice of America announced Wednesday the start-up of a new satellite transmission of many of its Africa language broadcasts, giving the Horn of Africa broadcasts in Afan Oromo, Amharic and Tigrigna prime evening listening time on the 24-hour schedule.

Ethiopians and Eritreans with access to satellite television on Arabsat, the region`s most popular satellite, can now hear the clear and complete broadcast of daily news from our reporters on the ground, and from our international broadcasters in Washington, D.C. This audio transmission of VOA’s shortwave air shows will display as VOA Africa 24 in a list of available channels.

Listeners can tune into the audio of VOA’s regular live Monday-through-Friday broadcasts of Afan Oromo at 8:30 p.m., Amharic at 9 p.m. and Tigrigna at 10 p.m. and the Amharic Breakfast Show at 6 a.m. These evening broadcasts will be repeated immediately following the live broadcasts. The Breakfast Show will be repeated at 7 a.m. On weekends, you will also hear the regular broadcasts on Saturday at 9 p.m. of the Amharic broadcast of the popular Ya Musica Qana and featured panel discussions and live broadcast of Radio Magazine at 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Instructions for accessing our new audio channel are as follows:

Satellite: Arabsat 26% East
Downlink Frequency: 11.938 GHz
FEC: 3/4
Symbol Rate: 27.5 MSym/s
Downlink Polarization: Vertical
VC: 544/1L and 1R

Voice of America, which has been airing news to Ethiopia in language for more than 27 years, is proud to offer our listeners in Ethiopia this new way of getting the best of Ethiopian and international news.

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